Twenty easy-to-read species guides from Seafish –

Twenty easy-to-read species guides from Seafish Published:  17 June, 2008

THERE are now a total of 20 Responsible Sourcing Guides available from the Seafish B2B website. The guides outline the status of individual fish stocks and the measures being taken to manage the fisheries.

Ten new guides have been completed this year.

These include Alaska pollack, crabs and lobsters, Dover sole, hake, Pacific salmon, saithe, scallops, sea bass, skates and rays, and whiting.

These join the ten guides which were finalised in 2007.

The original ten guides which covered cod, cold water prawns, herring, haddock, mackerel, monkfish, mussels, nephrops, plaice and tuna are now being updated for 2008 with the latest information on stock status and the TACs agreed for the year.

“There are a lot of broad-brush descriptions of the state of the world’s fisheries and various sources of information on the status of various fish stocks.

“The aim was to pull all this information together. The result is a set of easy-to-read fact sheets on individual fish species,” said Bill Lart, Seafish product manager.

“We now have a series of web-based guides which outline the status of the twenty most popular fish stocks consumed in the UK.

“These detail stock status and describe the measures being taken to conserve these stocks, as well as highlighting particular product characteristics of each fish.

“These guides explain the science and management behind each fish stock.

“By bringing all the information together in an understandable format, we have been able to set the management and conservation advice in the context of the current seafood market.

“This ultimately allows the reader to make their own decision on the status of a particular stock,” said Bill.

Seafish funded the work through the Industry Project Fund. To view any of the guides and supporting information go to is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.